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cloudy with meatballs spaghetti

October 26, 2009
cloudy meatballs

cloudy meatballs

My youngest son is hooked on movies.  At age 6, he’s already a movie buff.  Two days ago he saw Where the Wild Things Are.  Earlier in the month, he saw the double feature of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D (his sister won passes from the Edmonton Journal!).  Then last month he saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  It amused him a lot.  He liked the raining food.  And he informs me we had cloudy meatballs for dinner tonight.

I always make the exact same Spaghetti Bolognaise recipe.  Tonight we mixed it up, inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe in one of my favourite cookbooks, Cook with Jamie. Jamie sometimes goes on and on with ridiculous recipes (egg-filled ravioli?  What am I – Top Chef??), but I find Cook with Jamie is spot on.   Easy but good – that’s what I’m all about.  This recipe was belly-filling, the meatballs were nutty and the sauce was chock full of veggies.

Cloudy with Meatballs Spaghetti
-adapted from a Jamie Oliver pappardelle with a ragu of tiny meatballs recipe

Pappardelle noodles

1 onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped small
2 carrots, diced small
1/2 celery stalk, diced small
a big bunch of basil leaves, chopped, or 1/4 cup dried basil
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
shaved parmesan for top
chopped Italian parsley for top


1 pound ground sirloin
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 medium egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 garlic cloves, peeled and diced small
handful of grated Parmesan
zest of 1 lemon

For the sauce – Heat some olive oil in a fry pan and cook the carrots, celery, onion and garlic for about five minutes until softened.  Add the tomatoes, paste, red wine vinegar and spices.  Cook on low heat for an hour on the stove.

For the meatballs:  combine all the meatball ingredients in a bowl. Swish with hands and create tiny meatballs.  Fry in another pan in olive oil until brown. Add to sauce and simmer together for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the noodles.  Serve in a big pasta bowl with shaved parmesan and chopped Italian parsley on top.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ellahorne permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:57 am

    yum. that was an amazing dinner mum.

  2. October 28, 2009 12:25 pm

    Oh Jamie Oliver…How I adore thee. (Wait can I say that as a man?)

    Looks like a great recipe. Sounds tasty

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